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For a school assignment, my daughter’s teacher asked parents to write their graduating seniors a letter of encouragement. And I decided to share the letter I wrote to my daughter with my faithful reading audience.  

To my beautiful Guna Bear,

Take this letter to college for when you hit those low moments and need a reminder of your destiny.

You have filled your father's and my life with so much joy. We’ve taken you as far as we can and given you the fundamentals needed for a successful journey. Always keep God first in whatever you do and wherever you go. He is your ultimate help. Treat others the way you want to be treated and always lend a helping hand to those in need. Your father and I have taught you about the gift of giving from a child on up. Always give a hundred percent in whatever you do. Never look at failures as mistakes, use them as lessons learned, and grow stronger because of them.

You will be living on your own soon. Please never let your guard down. God has blessed you with the Spirit of Discernment. If something or someone doesn’t seem or appear right, trust your instincts.

God has anointed you from the womb to do great and marvelous things with your life. Don’t blow it. No matter how hard things seem, keep pushing your way through those rough places. God never promised that the assignments in life would be easy, but that He would help you to pass them.

When you were six weeks old, I wrapped you up in your blanket as we were preparing to leave for revival at church that evening. God spoke to my spirit and said, “He was going use you.” He didn’t reveal to me what it would be. It’s time now, for you to begin listening for His voice and learn what your purpose is. I took a picture of you that day and called it, Angel Wings, because your blanket was shaped like wings of an angel, sprouting out around you. I will treasure that picture forever.

Proverbs 3:1-8 (King Solomon gives his son some fatherly advice). These are some of my favorite scriptures. Follow them and live by them.

My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity. Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.

Your father and I love you with all our heart and soul. Now it’s time for us to let you go.  You have to find your own place in this world. Your future is bright. Who knows, as a doctor of pharmacy, you can be the one to discover the cure for many deadly diseases. Never limit your dreams and never stop dreaming. God has great things in store for you. There may be some bumps and bruises along the way, but it’s nothing God can’t heal.

You have been a responsible daughter, who never caused us any serious problems. We thank you. Don’t get caught up in the fast life of this world, once you’re on your own. Continue to allow God to order your steps in the right direction. You have come this far by faith; now allow faith to be your compass through your life journey.

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